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Audreybrazil2
Audrey geology student

Hometown

New Ulm, MN


Major

Geology with an emphasis in Hydrogeology and Water Chemistry

What was your first research experience?

My first research experience was student/faculty collaborative research in the Blue Hills Natural Area in northern Wisconsin. We investigated the geomorphology (landforms and how they came to be) of the area. Our work culminated with a ground-penetrating radar survey of the area. After we gathered the data, I worked closely with my professor to create a detailed report and poster to present at the regional Geological Society of America meeting and UWEC's student research day, where I won 2nd place!


What other exciting places has your major taken you?

Recently I returned from completing research in Brazil! Again, I got paid to spend time outdoors and work with amazing people who really know their stuff. In Brazil we mapped Late Paleozoic glacial deposits and compared them to much younger glacial deposits in Minnesota.  We spent our days hiking through the beautiful countryside, discovering new outcrops and perfecting our field skills. In the evenings, we absorbed the local culture and even learned how to samba!


Audrey In the news!

Geology Student Shares Research with Rusk County Hikers

What are you getting out of your research experiences?

The best part about doing research is applying what you learn in class to real-world situations.  I have learned a lot of geology from these hands-on experiences; plus a little wilderness survival!  You get to work closely with professors and fellow students who are passionate about their work and are a wealth of knowledge. Also, you have experience to put on your resume for future jobs or graduate school applications.


"Not a lot of undergrads can say they have seen a real research project through from beginning to end and presented their findings at a regional or national professional meeting."

What advice would you give to students who want to get involved in research?

The best way to get involved is to start asking questions right away. Ask yourself what you are interested in and what you wouldn't mind staying up late reading and writing a report about. Then, ask your professors what research they are doing and if you can be a part of it. It might seem scary at first, but the professors at UW-Eau Claire care about their students more than anything else. If they have a chance to help you, they will. Before you know it, you might be on a plane to another hemisphere with a rockhammer in your suitcase!
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